Who is eligible to use the services of the IAALM clinic?

We are a service based not-for-profit organization. While we seek to assure that the disadvantaged and under-served in our community have access to the highest quality acupuncture therapy in the region, we accept all who ask for our services. Fees for services are determined according to an income based sliding scale as well as individual needs assessment. No one is turned away. Fees may range from $0 to $50. This is our sliding scale:


What happens when I come to the clinic?

First, we take a complete health history profile. During this consultation period, we will discuss your specific needs and health care goals. In addition to the written information, we employ the traditional facets of diagnosis: listening, looking, questioning, and touching.

There may or may not be other practitioners observing or partaking in the consultation. Only after this diagnostic procedure will we begin treatment. After treatment, the patient's questions will be answered, a treatment plan outlined and additional appointments made as may be required. See Patient Guidelines and Treatment FAQs for more information. 

What Treatments are Available?

Treatment at the IAALM Clinic may consist of acupuncture, moxibustion therapy, bodywork, movement therapy, breath exercises, herbal medicine, homeopathic medicine, counseling on nutrition, healthy life-style recommendations and self-care training.

Your health care encounter is personal and private and by law, confidential. You can expect and will receive expert and respectful care from licensed practitioners, therapists and students under the supervision of licensed practitioners. See Oriental Medicine for more information.

Who are the practitioners?

All current practitioners are nationally board certified in Acupuncture (National Certification Commission of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) and are Licensed Acupuncturists in the State of Missouri.

There are two licensed acupuncturists in the St. Louis area who volunteer their time and skills to the IAALM clinic:

Thomas E. Duckworth, D.K.M., L Ac. began his studies over 30 years ago under the tutelage of Dr. M. Masahilo Nakazono, Osensei; founder of Kototama Life Medicine. He has been in full-time clinical practice since 1979. He was appointed to be a teacher in Dr. Nakazono's KOTOTAMA INSTITUE in 1980. He was presented the Doctor of Kototama Life Medicine degree by M. M. Nakazono O-sensei in 1987. He has been in practice in St. Louis since 1998. See Dr. Duckworth's bio.

Jason R. Hackler, L.Ac. began his studies of Inochi Te a Te and Kototama Medicine in 1994 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bilingual in English and Spanish, he worked with psychologically damaged, multi-cultured teens in a co-ed residency center. He received his license of Doctor of Oriental Medicine from New Mexico in 1999. He has been in private practice in St. Louis since 1999. See Mr. Hackler's bio.